Category Archives: Shows

The National Show Review

Matt Berninger, the classiest man in the indie rock scene.

The National Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL April 18, 2014 Last Friday, The National performed their fourth and final show of a four-night stand at the Chicago Theatre. What was intended to be a two night stop in Chicago quickly turned into four consecutive nights, after each show continually sold out at such a rapid rate and they added more dates. Lucky was I, to have fellow LxL’er Wes to snag me such a prized possession. Regretfully, he could not actually

St. Vincent Show Review

St. Vincent Chicago Show Review

St. Vincent April 5th, 2014 Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL With each album, St. Vincent aka Annie Clark has further cemented herself as an artist worth paying attention to. Her latest self-titled album sounds like nobody but herself and each album has gotten increasingly artful. Thanks to the Riviera Theatre, Jam Productions, and the wonderful world that is Twitter, I landed two free tickets to see her as she strolled through Chicago. While her latest tour is no doubt her most

Grouplove Live Review

Grouplove Live Show Review

Grouplove March 22nd, 2014 Murat Egyptian Room Indianapolis, IN For a band that gained its popularity through the clean, tidy world of Apple (an Apple commercial being a great way to break through in the past decade), Grouplove is refreshingly ragged.  While they may have a real bubble-gum pop sensibility, the L.A. band is rooted in early 90’s grunge and indie rock, not hiding their ove of Nirvana, Pixies, and Modest Mouse. The band cancels out that aggression with its

Jason Isbell Show Review

Isbell and wife, Amanda Shires, performing "Mutineer"

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit February 9, 2014 Plush St. Louis, MO This review is coming in a little late for my tastes, but no one ever said “Timeliness is next to Godliness”.  The good news is I capped off my beer consumption at 3-4, so my mind is sparkly clear even three weeks later.  So at long last, here is my written account of Jason Isbell live.

Man Man Show Review

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Man Man February 11th, 2014 Durty Nellies Palatine IL Who knew Twitter was good for anything beside trolls and hashtags? As toxic as social media is sometimes, it paid off for me Tuesday when I won two free tickets to Man Man in a random Chicago suburb, Palatine, courtesy of Popstache (who I have written for in the past). Man Man is a Philadelphia foursome influenced by rock’s earliest experimenters:Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart, and Frank Zappa, but crossed with a

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